Depression and negative feelings
Don't suffer alone
Complex modern lives...
Body psychotherapy can help
Body Psychotherapy does include talking, but sessions may also include exploring difficulties through gentle exercise, guided visualisation, biodynamic massage and other methods which all add value to positive and fruitful progress.
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Body Psychotherapy is a collaborative process. Both therapist and client will affect and be affected by each other and each will grow through the experience. It is relational and each therapist will bring their own unique experience to bear on the process. The client is often assisted to have ‘the experience that needed to happen’. Although collaborative, the therapist is directional when necessary in order to move the therapy process along.
Stress is often experienced as irritability, weepiness, aches and pains, exhaustion sleeplessness (insomnia) and a lack of interest in life.
People suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder often experience a range of negative emotions, unusual behaviours and actions. Examples of PTSD include survivor guilt, anger outbursts, chronic insomnia, flashbacks, frequent nightmares, anxiety symptoms and varying degrees of depression.
PTSD does not exclusively happen to military personnel, and those who work in the Emergency services. It can, and does, happen to anyone who experiences extreme and acute difficulties, shock or traumatic situations.
In these modern times of on-line social net-working, low self-esteem, or a complete lack of self confidence has become a big problem in our society. Many people of all ages - but particularly teens and the twenty-something group - have experienced varying degrees of cyber bullying, online passive aggressive behaviour and feeling physically inadequate when faced with 'perfect' images of 'perfect lives.
Body image issues, sexuality issues, gender concerns and the changing world of the LGBTQ+ community can throw up all kinds of anguish and personal difficulties.
Any of the above can lead to a sense of being out-of-step with the world and, if unresolved, can lead to long lasting feelings of isolation, depression and sometimes thoughts of suicide.
Body psychotherapy can help you to build your confidence and self-esteem
Body Psychotherapy sessions can make a positive difference for people experiencing attachment issues which can manifest themselves as a fear of abandonment and overstaying in unhealthy or toxic relationships. A fear of intimacy or commitment can affect people at all stages of life but particularly for single people.
Bereavement, chaotic relationships, repeating patterns (always picking the ‘wrong person’), intimacy issues, sexuality confusion, and gender complexities can also be helped and supported through body psychotherapy. Other relationship issues which can affect people at any stage in life include; individuation*, family dynamics, peer relationships, sibling rivalry/competition, workplace problems and workplace bullying
*Individuation refers to the process through which a person achieves a sense of individuality separate from the identities of others and begins to consciously exist as a human in the world.
Relationship issues affect all of us, at any time and for many different reasons.
Domestic abuse - or any kind of abuse - is always, without doubt, unacceptable behaviour. But many people suffer terribly and silently behind closed doors. Sometimes the inflicted abuse isn't physically violent, but can be deeply wounding and will cause untold anxieties and trauma for the victim. Coercive, controlling behaviour has become a legally recognised form of abuse, as has emotional abuse. Controlling relationships, which lead to a long term cycle of abuse, can be debilitating in extreme. By seeking help through body psychotherapy to find the strength to take the steps to deal with domestic abuse will both empower and help the healing process.
Domestic abuse doesn't always have to be a repeated violent act to be a violation of a human being - male or female
Whether it's a personal or professional mid-life crisis, dealing with the physical and mental changes of menopause, frustration at not having achieved dreamed-of success or navigating the issues surrounding identity transitions - 'change' is something all of us experience at some point in our lives.
Career crossroads, redundancy, professional burn-out and organisational change in the workplace can stealthily upset the life balance of even the most pragmatic person. Body Psychotherapy can help anyone get through these periods of change and come through it positively and ready to make new starts.
Life changes can result in a chance for new opportunities and positive progress
Parenting, co-parenting, step-parenting, grand-parenting... there are so many different types of families - all with different values, cultures, combinations of race, gender, interests and ages. Each generation seems to bring along new 'norms' and new challenges. Relationships within a family can shift and re-shape at any time and for any reason.
It's hard to know how best to parent your children, as well as how to co-parent with your partner or spouse - especially when the family 'scenery' changes unexpectedly. If you're struggling a little or a lot in your parenting role Body Psychotherapy can provide the space and support you need to realign yourself, take on new challenges, bring calm to yourself and make the best of this fundamental life-skill - which comes along with no manual or training course.
The family meal can be an opportunity for harmonious togetherness, a battleground of personalities, or somewhere in the middle... the key word here is opportunity
Trying for a baby and finding it difficult to conceive, for whatever reason is a difficult situation for anyone who hoped for a child or children.
Experiencing a miscarriage, or multi-miscarriages, at any stage in a pregnancy can cause varying degrees of depression, grief and trauma. Would-be parents often feel isolated in their bereavement - especially if the couple feel unable to access help and support. Body Psychotherapy can help to support women and men who have experienced the loss of an unborn child.
There are many reasons why a woman might elect to terminate their pregnancy and circumstances may mean that emotional support and care going forward may not be available. Body Psychotherapy can provide help for women who need to feel supported, no matter what the reason was for proceeding with a termination.
Fetal ultrasound scan
The diagnosis of a disease or health condition can cause a range of new anxieties and fears - sometimes over and above the actual symptoms, prognosis and treatment process. Individuals living with illness may not be able to find the help they need to deal with the mental strength required to cope. This is where Body Psychotherapy can provide a parallel support.
Stress and anxiety can negatively affect the immune system making it much more likely that we may become ill or experience a lengthier illness. Body Psychotherapy helps improve our sense of well-being and our ability to deal with stress. Both will help to improve our immunity and our ability to ward off infection or illness and fight disease. Stress is not in itself a bad thing, but if you often feel anxious, worried or overwhelmed by events, people or jobs in your life, body psychotherapy will help give you the inner resources you need to become more resilient and give you the tools you need to deal with anxiety and stress. Depression, IBS and some skin conditions can be helped with body psychotherapy.
Being in a state of Anxiety and dealing with health issues can exacerbate the problem. body psychotherapy treatment can help
Many of us question the meaning in life at various stages in our life's journey. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed, confused and bewildered - often when something has happened to make us think about bigger issues that we struggle to identify. Through the various elements of Body Psychotherapy individuals can make some personal sense of these questions.
Finding the right way to resolve a crisis of confidence in something we once wholly believed in or felt we understood can be calmed and helped with Body Psychotherapy.
Talking to Jennifer and experiencing the Body Psychotherapy she is able to provide when spirituality becomes a challenge can help individuals find peace and calm.
Please note; Jennifer has worked in a psychiatric hospital and is familiar with many mental health conditions. If you have a mental health diagnosis it may be possible to work together in conjunction with your psychiatrist/G.P. if appropriate. This will not be possible for all clients but may be possible if you are already stable on medication and living in the Community.
The death of a loved one can cause prolonged grief as can the waiting period when a loved one is dying. Carers often need support to enable them to cope
Jennifer provides Body Psychotherapy support for adults who need help coping with autism and Asperger's syndrome. She also has experience working with clients who identify as having Cassandra Syndrome. Being on the autistic spectrum in a world predominantly designed for neurotypicals can bring many challenges (and gifts) that can be worked through with the help of Body Psychotherapy.
The autistic spectrum affects individuals in different ways. Coping with a partner with autism is another challenging situation. Body Psychotherapy can help
People of all ages can sometimes find themselves at a point in their lives where they question what they are doing with their life. Sometimes it could be a feeling of job or career dissatisfaction, or a sense that some kind of change is needed to restore you to where you want to be.
It could be that you feel that you could be doing your job better, or living a more fulfilled life and exploring new options. You could have reached a creative block or a loss of interest in your subject area. People in the creative arts can often experience this from time to time.
The administration of your job could have hugely increased and you're feeling like you are spending too much time being diverted from what you really want to be doing. Teachers and medics frequently experience this and will benefit from Body Psychotherapy session to help restore motivation and inner energy.
Whatever is stalling your personal development at work or in your personal life, Jennifer can help you to get in contact with whatever is blocking you from moving forwards, and help you access your own inner sense of purpose, motivation, focus and energy for change.